AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - A local organization that helps put people in affordable housing got a big boost from one of Augusta's newest businesses. At Home donated $5,000 to Augusta/CSRA Habitat for Humanity, Incorporated Saturday morning.
"This money will help train, it will help build houses. There may be some items in this store that we can put in their homes to make them feel welcome," said Augusta/CSRA Habitat for Humanity, Inc. Executive Director Elaine Mathews.
At Home, which has 158 stores in 38 states, welcomed shoppers to its newest location at 1323 Augusta West Parkway Saturday. A handful of people waited outside well before the 9 a.m. grand opening. The first 50 people to step foot in the store received a gift card valued from $20 to $200.
"Augusta was a place that we wanted to come. We like to take over buildings that are abandoned, it helps the community, it helps us. So far Augusta has been really exciting for us to be here," said At Home Store Director Ed Derham.
Derham said the partnership is perfect because the goals of the two organizations align. "We take this money and we bring the families into our fold. They get mentors, they go through classes and they prepare for home ownership," Mathews explained.
Habitat for Humanity trains people for success by providing classes on budgeting, credit counseling, nutrition and insurance. At Home is also helping the area by employing dozens of people.